• Buy local gets a boost

Buy local gets a boost

  • August 1st, 2011

Many growers have children in school and have been frustrated that their taxes have been paying for apples from competitors for school lunch programs.

The “buy local” movement got a shot in the arm this spring when the U.S. Department of Agriculture implemented a new rule allowing some buyers—especially schools—to [...]

  • WSU apple breeding program’s fruit evaluation system

WSU apple breeding program’s fruit evaluation system

  • July 1st, 2011

Members of the breeding program’s Industry Advisory Council visit a Phase 3 evaluation site at Quincy in 2010. They are: (from left) Dave Gleason, Kershaw Companies; Harold Schell, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission member and field services manager at Chelan Fruit Cooperative; Jeff LaPorte, Chelan Fruit; and Tim Welsh, [...]

  • NY seeks marketing strategy

NY seeks marketing strategy

  • June 1st, 2011

Those new apples from New York are being prepared to come to market, with the first expected in quantity in direct farm markets in 2014 and in commercial markets in 2015 or 2016.

At least, that’s what’s envisioned in the overall plan that’s in the process of development. The apples [...]

  • Management entity is  a work in progress

Management entity is a work in progress

  • June 1st, 2011

WA 2, the first release of Washington State University’s apple breeding program, is a blushed, orange-red apple.

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission is in the process of setting up a nonprofit organization to manage Washington State University’s new tree fruit varieties.

Once the 501(c)(3) organization is set up, [...]

  • Honeycrisp challenges club concept

Honeycrisp challenges club concept

  • June 1st, 2011

The name SweeTango captures the apple’s sweet, tangy taste.

Honeycrisp has set the standard for new varieties to follow in terms of consumer acceptance and the returns that growers expect, apple marketers say.

t’s also one of the few varieties that producers can freely plant and [...]

WSU to protect new varieties

  • June 1st, 2011

Washington State University is taking steps to protect its new apple variety, WA 2, in overseas countries. WA 2, the first variety to emanate from its apple breeding program, is moving into the commercialization phase and is available to Washington growers only.

Dr. Kate Evans, WSU’s pome fruit breeder, said [...]

  • New thinning strategies

New thinning strategies

  • June 1st, 2011


Dr. Duane Greene at the University of Massachusetts is exploring new thinning strategies that can be used with existing thinning products.

NAA (naphthalene acetic acid), one of the oldest thinning materials around, is usually used postbloom, when fruitlets are about ten millimeters in diameter, but Greene said it can [...]

  • Apples for every taste

Apples for every taste

  • June 1st, 2011

As well as growing fresh apples, Jack Feil grows cider apples, including Hewes Crab, a variety that originated in Virginia around 300 years ago.

Jack Feil grows more than 200 different apple varieties at his orchard in East Wenatchee, Washington, but thinks that’s not enough. He wants to grow apples [...]

  • Honeycrisp season expanded

Honeycrisp season expanded

Wescott Agri Products

Right from the get-go, Fred Wescott thought Honeycrisp would be a new force in the apple market. And he bet on it. He planted orchards in Minnesota and northern Washington. And, now, his company is bringing Honeycrisp into the United States from partners in Chile, starting its [...]

  • Old Southern apples star in book

Old Southern apples star in book

  • May 1st, 2011

Disharoon, an old, north Georgia apple thought to have been cultivated by native Americans, came to Lee Calhoun’s orchard in 1998.

The apples in Lee Calhoun’s orchard look ultra-modern, planted as they are on Budagovsky 9 rootstock and trained to trellis wires using the European oblique cordon style. But to [...]

Prepare for future technology

  • May 1st, 2011

Orchard structure will be a critical factor in the success of the tree fruit industry of the future because orchards will need to be compatible with emerging technologies, says Oregon State University agricultural economist Clark Seavert.

For this reason, orchard renewal should be a key part of a grower’s business [...]

Knouse has wide reach

  • May 1st, 2011

Knouse Foods is a large fruit-processing company with seven processing plants in three states and 1,500 employees packing apple sauce, apple juice, apple slices, apple butter, vinegar, and cherry and apple pie fillings.

While it is a cooperative owned by about 150 Appalachian apple growers, it buys fruit from more [...]